19 things every student should know about Dal

These aren't exactly secrets—they're just some of the things that make Dal so great.

Concerts on the Studley Quad are definitely something you should know about.

1. There's a farmers' market on campus

The Dalhousie Student Union (DSU) Market brings fresh local produce to the Student Union Building on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and to the Alumni Lounge on Sexton Campus on Wednesdays. The prices are great, the food is tasty, and you can even pre-order food boxes filled with seasonal produce to pick up at the market!

2. We have tunnels!

There are tunnels you can use to get between buildings on Studley Campus. You can go from the Killam Library all the way to the Life Sciences Centre (stopping off at the buildings in between including the Henry Hicks (Administration) Building, MacDonald Building, and Chemistry Building) completely underground. Just head down, follow the signs, and enjoy the dryness and warmth during the cold weather.

3. There’s one card for everything

The DalCard is your ID and can also act as a debit card at a number of on- and off-campus vendors, which saves you the hassle of carrying cash. Check out the list of who accepts it. There’s also a place online where you can fill up your DalCard. You may want to let your parents know that they can also put some cash on your card if they’d like to…

4. Student discounts all over town

A lot of stores, restaurants, and other services in Halifax have student discounts. Take a look at this great list to see some of the places that will give you a break. And if a particular business isn’t listed, it doesn’t hurt to ask!

5. Free entertainment on campus

You can attend home varsity games for free with your DalCard. Grab some black and gold face paint, and pick up some Dal swag at the Bookstore before you head to the stands to cheer on the Tigers!

6. Free food

If you bring your own container and utensils, you can get a free healthy lunch in the SUB from the Loaded Ladle every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 1 p.m. Pretty good deal, eh? They even post their recipes so you can explore your inner chef and recreate their meals. And it's also a fantastic place to volunteer.

7. Washrooms for everyone

There are gender-neutral washrooms on every Dal campus. You can find a detailed list of all locations online. One of them on the third floor of the SUB even has a private shower! These washrooms and facilities are available for use by everyone in the Dal community.

8. Lots of free tours

If you’re unsure where something is or how something works, you can probably book a tour. From campus tours to library tours to a tour of Dalplex (our main fitness facility), all you have to do is ask!

9. More academic support than you'd believe

If you're worried about your academics, don't fret: there are a ton of services and resources available to support you. Everything from the Writing Centre (which can help you craft amazing papers) to Studying for Success (try one of the workshops on topics like time management, setting goals, and studying for multiple choice exams) to Academic Advising.

10. Safe (and free) rides home

Do you do your best studying late at night? You’re not the only one! Dal just wants to make sure you get home safe. You can call Tiger Patrol for a ride home in Halifax. Download the DalSAFE app to keep all of this info at your fingertips.

11. Meal plans for everyone

You don’t live on campus and are feeling pretty envious of your friends in residence who get to eat all their meals in the campus dining halls? No worries, you can get your very own meal plan!

12. Handy maps

You can pick up a map of our Halifax campuses and surrounding neighbourhoods at different buildings across campus, or bookmark the Dalhousie one online. Either way, keep it accessible! It’ll come in handy early on when you’re trying to navigate your way around campus or through downtown.

13. Awesome city

Explore Halifax early! Halifax is as much a part of Dal as Dal is a part of the city. And the city just keeps getting better! Go for a stroll through beautiful Point Pleasant Park or visit the Halifax waterfront. Go skating on the Halifax Commons Oval (they have free skate rentals!), or check out all the amazing festivals and events around the city.

14. Free transit

If you’re on the waterfront admiring the views of Dartmouth, you should know that the views of Halifax are even better! Your DalCard works for the Metro Transit buses AND the ferry so it’s easy to see for yourself. Head over to the “Dark Side” for the afternoon, grab a treat from a local café, and enjoy the view.

15. Strong Indigenous connections

Dalhousie University sits on the Traditional Territory of the Mi'kmaq. The Mi'kmaq Grand Council was installed on our Studley Campus quad in October 2016. Learn more about Dalhousie's Indigenous connections, including programs such as the Elders in Residence (Halifax campus).

16. Lots of ways to get involved

The easiest way to meet people on campus is by getting involved. There are societies for everyone (from parkour to anime to cultural groups), there’s Dal After Dark, there’s plenty of sports—clubs and intramurals—and much, much more.

17. Lots of stuff to do on campus

There are tons of great events happening all the time on campus. Bookmark dal.ca/studentevents to keep up with what's going on.

18. Diverse and inclusive campus

There are also a number of vibrant communities within our bigger Dal community. You can meet people and connect with campus resources through the Black Student Advising Centre, the Indigenous Student Centre, the International Centre, and Multifaith Services.

19. Healthcare on campus

Need a doctor? There’s a health clinic right on campus in LeMarchant Place, with doctors, nurses, counsellors, and a social worker.